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Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids

Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids - coverDr. Ruth Talks to Kids: Where You Came From, How Your Body Changes, and What Sex Is All About
Westheimer
1993

Submitter: The cover image attached features an endearing but very old lady who looks way too much like my grandma.  I saw this one and laughed because I could just imagine talking to my grandma about condoms, wet dreams, masturbation… (shudder) The details in the book are surprisingly sensitive and well-written, so it was a hard decision to weed it.  Ultimately I weeded it because it’s dated, in both appearance and content.  I’m also enclosing one page from the section on contraception that shows how dated it is. Time to put this grandma out to pasture and make way for all the other beautifully-illustrated books we’ve gotten recently on sex and puberty.

Holly: The image below may or may not be NSFW, depending on your workplace. Dr. Ruth talks very candidly, with pictures, about contraception in that one. Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 88 years old, and while she is still alive, I don’t know that she is still the person kids turn to for answers about sex. (Or is she? I don’t have kids, and I’m not a children’s librarian either. What say you, parents and youth librarians?) She was absolutely groundbreaking, totally approachable and frank and honest. I’m curious to know if Submitter is familiar with Dr. Ruth? The submission is totally true – she looks like a very nice grandma, but I can’t tell if Submitter is aware of who Dr. Ruth is or not. This book was published in 1993, and I am a child of the 1980s, but this image is exactly how I will always think of Dr. Ruth. I would have asked her anything and not been embarrassed. She was that good at what she did. In fact, it was almost because she looks like a nice grandma that she was so approachable. That said, I’d probably still weed this book. There are different contraceptive options available these days, for one thing.

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No Petting Allowed!

Life and Love coverLife and Love
A Christian View of Sex
Narramore
1971

Sex advice books from yesteryear are always fun.  I think the old fashioned language used is interesting and probably dates a book more than the information contained. I think petting as a term was out of fashioned by the 1970s. Petting was a term my mother used.

Otherwise, some advice includes moving on to another “activity” when the urges become too much. (I would imagine some clarification on “another activity” is probably a good idea.) You can also buy the young lady a present. (I am not quite sure how a present works in this scenario.)

Regardless of one’s personal beliefs, I cannot imagine this book being much help to our modern teens, Christian or otherwise.

Mary

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Sleeping with Soldiers

Sleeping with Soldiers coverSleeping With Soldiers:
In Search of the Macho Man
Daniell
1984

Submitter: [This book] has not moved off our shelves for years. The language is dated and the topic eyebrow-raising. Despite the author having received two National Endowment for the Arts grants, this book has not aged well.

Holly: There was certainly a place for this in feminist collections back in the day. It got mostly good reviews on Amazon, so it wasn’t the worst choice in 1984. If it is languishing on the shelves untouched for years, though, I can’t see keeping it. I do love the cover!

 

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